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Issue 68 - 2008


Front Cover of Issue 68 - 2008

This 154 page issue focuses on the 50 interlocking towers in the St. Louis area - from Alhambra to Valley Junction, along with photos, maps, manipulation charts, and recollections from former tower operators.

Photos from Joe Collias, Monty Powell, Norbert Shacklette, Dick Wallin, Raymond B. George, Jr., Mike Haper,Wayne Leeman, Clyde Anderson, and others depict life in a tower. Rare photos include Brighton Tower, Cliff Cave, and Fairlawn Tower - gone for more than sixty years. Signal locations, track alignments, and fold out maps complete the package.


CONTENTS

The Editor's Page
      Page 2

Towers and Tower Operators
      Page 3

St. Louis Area Interlocking Towers
      Part One: Approaching from the North
      Pages 4-5, with overview map

Brighton
      Bill Dunbar
      Pages 6-7, with track plan, B&W photos

Godfrey Interlocking
      The Original St. Louis to Chicago Railroad ran Through Godfrey
      Pages 8-11, with B&W photos, track plan

Henry Street Tower in Alton
      The Mistress of the Mississippi Sat at the Entrance to the Alton Bridge
      Pages 12-15, B&W photos, interlocking machine drawing & Manipulation Chart

Wann Interlocking
      Pages 16-17, with B&W photos and track plan

The Joint Tracks between East St. Louis and East Alton
      Same Tracks but Many Different Owners
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 18-19, with timetables, special instructions, RR logos

The North Wood River Interlocking
      Operated by the Illinois Terminal Railroad
      Pages 20-23, with B&W and color photos, track plan

West Alton
      A very small town needs only a very small Depot
      Pages 24-25, with B&W photo, track plan

Machens Tower and the MKT
      The Only MKT/CB&Q Connection in the St. Louis Area
      Pages 26-31, with B&W photos, track plan, one foldout

St. Louis Area Interlocking Towers
      Part Two: Approaching from the East
      Pages 32-33, with overview map

Smithboro
      Pages 34-37, with B&W and color photos, track plan

Willows
      Pages 38-41, with B&W and color photos, track plan

Pana
      Pages 42-43, with B&W photos, track plan

Working at Lenox, Bridge Jct. and Eads
      The Only Place I Know Where There was a Hand-throw Puzzle Switch
      Rick Nesbit
      Pages 44-45

Lenox Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 46-51, with B&W photos, track plans, one foldout

HN Cabin
      This was the Baltimore and Ohio's Westernmost Tower
      Pages 52-54, with color photos and Interlocking map

Alhambra
      Both roads bound for St. Louis at Alhambra
      Page 55, with B&W photo and Interlocking map

LeClaire Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 56-57, with B&W photo, Interlocking map, Manipulation Chart

Glen Tower
      Pages 58-59, with B&W and color photos, Interlocking map

Remembering NKP Madison Tower and Other Places
      "...I had to hang my lunch from the overhead pull chain...just to keep out the ants..."
      Wesley M. Ridgway
      Pages 60-65, with overview map, Interlocking maps, color and B&W photos

St. Louis Area Interlocking Towers
      Part Three: Approaching from the South
      Pages 66-67, with overview map

WF Tower on the L&N
      WF Tower was an exact copy of A&S Tower
      Walter W. Simms
      Pages 68-69, with timetables, Interlocking map

A&S Tower on the L&N
      A Tower with two Names
      Pages 70-71, with B&W photo, Interlocking map

Vulcan Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 72-73, with Interlocking map

Bixby Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 74-75, with B&W photos, Interlocking map

Dupo - North and South
      Pages 76-77, with B&W and color photos, Interlocking map

Davis Street Junction, As I Remember It
      "...it was so cold that frost formed on the lantern..."
      Norbert Shacklette
      Pages 78-81, with street map, color photos, Interlocking Rules

Cliff Cave Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Page 82, with Interlocking map

Cliff Cave Interlocking
      Norbert Shacklette
      Page 83, with B&W photo

Carroll Street Tower
      Pages 84-85, with B&W photos & Interlocking map

Automatic Interlockings on the A&S
      Pages 86-87, Interlocking maps, with accompanying text

St. Louis Area Interlocking Towers
      Part Four: Approaching from the West
      Pages 88-89, with overview map

K Tower in Pacific
      It might be called the westernmost tower in the St. Louis Area
      Pages 90-91, with Interlocking map, B&W photo

Kirkwood Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 92-97, with Interlocking map foldout, B&W photos

Lake Junction
      No Lake - Small Junction
      Pages 98-99, with Interlocking map, B&W photo

Clifton Heights Tower and the Taylor City Belt Railway
      A Tower with a Short Lifespan
      Lawrence Thomas
      Pages 100-105, with maps, Interlocking map

Tower Grove Junction
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 106-107, with overview and Interlocking maps, B&W photo

Fairlawn
      Pages 108-109, with Interlocking map, B&W photo

Southeastern Junction
      Pages 110-111, with Interlocking map, B&W photos

Early Days at Grand Avenue Interlocking
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 112-113, with B&W photo

Grand Avenue Tower
      Norbert Shacklette
      Pages 114-119, with Interlocking map foldout, color and B&W photos

Ohio Avenue Interlocking
      Norbert Shacklette
      Page 120, with B&W photo

Missouri Pacific 23rd Street Interlocking
      Norbert Shacklette
      Page 121, with B&W photo

Definitions of Interlocking Terms
      Page 122

Tower 2
      Pages 123-126, with Interlocking map foldout, B&W photos

ID Tower
      Pages 127-129, with Interlocking map foldout, B&W photos

Working the Extra Board at Page Avenue Jct. Tower
      "...the arrival of CTC made things so much easier..."
      Lee Goran
      Pages 130-131, with B&W photo, Interlocking map

Origins of the American Railway Interlocking
      Pages 132-133, with drawing

SH Tower
      Page 134, with B&W photo

Eads and K Tower
      Page 135, with B&W photo, Interlocking map

West Approach and Biddle Street Tower
      Page 136, with B&W photos

Mullanphy and North Market Street Towers
      Page 137, with B&W and color photo

May Street Interlocking - 1941
      Bill Saenger
      Pages 138-139, with Interlocking map, B&W photos

Southern Crossing
      Pages 140-141, with B&W photos, Interlocking map

CP Junction
      Page 142, with B&W photos

Q Tower
      Page 143, with B&W photo

WR Tower
      Page 144, with color photos

Valley Junction Tower
      Page 145, with B&W photo

Footnotes and Resource Materials
      Pages 146-152

In Memoriam, Walter W. Simms
      Page 152

In Appreciation
      Page 153


Back Cover of Issue 68 - 2008






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